Academy Award nominee Djimon Hounsou has joined the cast of Sony's Charlie's Angels reboot as a third Bosley. The Elizabeth Banks-directed film began production this September, and is set for a fall 2019 theatrical release.
In what's now the fourth iteration of the original 1970s television show, Banks' Charlie's Angels has gone through a slew of developments since the Pitch Perfect 2 director was attached in 2015. It's gone through no less than three rewrites, with its latest edition having been penned by Banks herself and Jay Basu (The Girl in the Spider's Web). It's also been the center of numerous casting rumors surrounding the Angels themselves, with reports first surfacing of Kristen Stewart and Lupita Nyong'o being attached, only for Nyongo's name to disappear in favor of Power Rangers' Naomi Scott and relative newcomer Ella Balinska. That news was followed shortly thereafter by reports that the film would feature multiple teams of Angels as part of a vast network of crimefighting women.
In line with that idea, Djimon Hounsou has been cast as a third Bosley, alongside Banks herself and Patrick Stewart. Variety reports the Blood Diamond star joined the cast as another liaison between the Townsend Agency and at least one of its now many teams of Angels. This marks yet another major role for Hounsou, who's set to reprise his Guardians of the Galaxy role Korath the Pursuer in 2019's highly anticipated Captain Marvel, as well as play parts in DC's Aquaman and Shazam!
Hounsou's casting as yet another Bosley is just one of the many ways Banks' reboot intends to reinvent the Charlie's Angels franchise more than it's ever been before. The Townsend Agency has grown into a global network, which means fans also might see more Angels in addition to the team that will serve as the focus of this film. Also, according to an interview given by Kristen Stewart, the Angels will rely far less on their sexuality to complete their missions - a welcome change from the enjoyable, but now culturally outdated original series and prior reboots.
The expansion of the Townsend Agency amidst an age of nostalgia also begs the question of whether or not any former Angels will make a cameo. Both Drew Barrymore and Lucy Liu have publicly come out in support of the film and the changes Banks has made, and while there's no concrete information available regarding any such occurrences, stranger things have happened.
- Charlie's Angels (2019) release date: Nov 15, 2019